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The Butoh  Part 2
Abyss of "Quiet House"

200 A Butoh Score for “Quiet House” Solo


1. The Red God

A girl who plans an evil deed in the rain

Keep Floor Face throughout the whole time

Obsess with Salmon Face compulsively

Stuffed spring

Nest of Forest (*1), Nest of Eyes (*2), a moth placed on a wooded board (*3)

A vaporized candy maker or the Christ drawn as a Samurai warrior

A fine spiders thread that runs on the forehead


Cat Waist

Behind World

Garbage disposal place

When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower

A fragile sound collapsed in a shed

Can Factory (*5)

Regenerate a reduction by X (*6)

Behind the mirror

        (*1) Nest of Forest: cf. Ch. 4 and Ch.5 “the far away forest”, Ch. 26 “forest”

              (*2) Nest of Eyes: cf. Ch. 5 and Ch. 7

              (*3) A moth: cf. Ch. 27

              (*4) A swaying shadow of flower: cf. Ch. 24

              (*5) Can Factory: cf. Ch. 6, Ch. 7 and Ch. 16

              (*6) A regenerate a reduction by X: cf. Ch. 7 and 26


 2. Important

“Shisha transform their shapes quietly yet infinitely. It is not rare that they borrow the shapes of things on the earth with unexpected nonchalance.”


3. Ash girl

Soul and Spirit



Nobody visits any more

Nobody can sleep any more

Flower of density

An extreme fulfillment came to her and she became an incredibly beautiful being.

She learned the various customs of Shisha

A dream of horsemeat (*7)

A man who was dragged out of the behind room

A mad man-child sitting on a chair = a beast

Dance the beginning of Kanchen (*8) naked

Use the floor technique of Framan

The morning when a storm has come


        (*7) A dream of horsemeat: cf. Ch. 4 and Ch. 7

        (*8) Kanchuin: cf. Ch. 5


4. (Vaporizing)

1.     Flower, Rain, Girl, Use all of them

        Mask or Bug

        Doll – Ash Girl – Washing Clothes – Nobody visits any more

2.     Running from Bird to Girl, Girl vaporized and sitting technique

3.     Witch [A] is vaporizing

4.     Witch, who is connected to the red salmon head, is vaporizing

5.     The Great Witch, who dreams of horsemeat, is vaporizing

6.     Various Whereabouts are vaporizing

        Water – Obon (*9) – A far away forest – Shisha

 (*9) Obon: Special days in August when ancestral spirits return home


5. Something that was grasped as a shadow of mind

        A girl who moves with subtle speed

        The Christ who has gone slack

        The Christ who was released with the slacked body


        Mad King’s hand (*10) – Bug, Bird (*11), Stick (*12)

        A sitting crane fly

        These are almost danced by the waltz

        Thus, the reduction by X and regeneration are flying off from the far away forest and the nest of eyes,

        And “Shisha” participate with all of these

        Someone, who appears in order to dance these things (or a Butoh dancer), has to be familiar with Bird’s fear and Bug’s fear.

        And the girl becomes the horse face and stops there.

        Also, another girl stands up and becomes a doll through a dragon fly.

        All sways stop there.

      (*10) Mad King: cf. Ch. 10 and Ch. 11, and Heliogabalus at Ch. 22

              (*11) Bug, Bird: cf. Bird's Fear and Bug's Fear at Ch. 5

              (*12) Stick: cf. Ch.18 and 27


6. "Can Factory"

 "Can Factory" that hides in front and behind the mirror


7. (Dream of Horse Meat)

I was sleeping naked, and dreamt of horsemeat

        Where did the whereabouts go?

        Mad King was put in the box (*13)

        The whereabouts of the box is connected to a fine dismantling

        Dance of hair


        Reduction by X and regeneration

About the nest of eyes


        Rakan (*14)



        Dragon Fly

        Mustache that dances a waltz of bug, or Waltzing Mustache


        Gunya-gunya (*15) cat

        Gunya-gunya whereabouts

        All of these compose the parts of a ship


        A bird with long nose hair and a bird which became a box

        The ship has taken these forms

        Or it could be seen as a dismantled ship

        I see far away leaves and nearby greens and I fly

        This is what I smelt at the “Can Factory”


              (*13) Box: Fold body into a smallest size. cf. Ch.19 and 27

              (*14) Rakan: Buddhism monk who is on the path of enlightenment. cf. Ch. 17

              (*15) Gunya-gunya: Slimy and amorphous


8. (The morning after the storm has passed)

The morning after the storm has passed, nobody visits me any more                      I stood up

A samurai commander becomes a nest with his body intact.


9. (Behind the mirror)

 Behind the mirror       a wall of light

        The dizziness, shivering and swaying shadow of flower are hidden in the freedom to carry the density at will.


10. (Mescaline)

The love affair of hands (*16) and the copy inside the skull are connected through discontinuity. A mescaline injection is given at a fingertip. Small flowers and small faces are born there.

Knitting with very fine thread, infinite mesh of stitches (*17), a fire-breathing bird and a funny bear follow Mad King while swaying (*18). In the middle of it, the head is chasing another whereabouts.

All matieres (qualia of material or sense of material) are supported by the behind world. The compound eyes (*19) and multi-layering are muddled and become unified.

        (*16) Mescaline hands: cf. Ch 14, the hands Ch. 26

              (*17) Infinite mesh of stitches: cf. the picture of the abyss at Ch. 22 and 26

              (*18) A sample of Chimera Body

              (*19) The compound eyes: cf. Ch. 11, 22 and 23


11 (Chimera)

Bellmer (*20) – to Funny Bear – to Horse Face

From Gaze of Deer – to Stick – to Beggar –Tiger

Bird with nose hair – Flower – to Mad King – Compound Eyes – Whereabouts

Bug – to Dog – Orangutan – to Ears of Fukusuke (*21)

Ears being pricked – Dizziness – to Front and Back of Mirror

Things that are dying in the compound eyes

Doll – Mask – Papaya – Firefly – Development of a wooden board (*22)

There are small flowers and so on

Horse Face – Girl Face – Dog – Spoon

Unification of Bug and Tree – to Behind World – A being who tries sudden development, following the path of a plant

        (*20) Hans Bellmer: German artist who made dolls with spherical joints. cf. Ch. 19

              (*21) Fukusuke: A special character who has big ears which connect to prosperity and happiness

              (*22) Development of a wooden board: Changing the number of dimensions; one dimensional space as a stick; two dimensional space as a board, plate, paper; three dimensional space as a box; four dimensional time/space as a movement; multi-dimensional time/space as qualia stream


12. Collapsing

 A shout and a girl – shivering before collapsing 

13. Shivering

The forms are independent (*23)

             (*23) cf. “Shivering” Ch. 24


14. Mescaline Hands

The issue that the hands possess will gradually become clear (*24)

              (*24) cf. Ch. 26


15. Slow diffusion

Keep in mind not to vaporize all at once.

        A development should be attempted in the vaporized condition.

        This issue will also become clear before long. (*25)

              (*25) cf. Ch. 26 and 27


16. The difficulty of changing place

The body is a dancing place. A dancing place of the hand, a dancing place of the hip, a dancing place of behind the elbow, and so on.

The depth of this dancing place is formed by overcoming the deep memories (and qualias) that were caught in each dancing place and reverse twisting them.

For example, suppose there is a house of Mr. Yanagida, and I discover that it is a very precious thing that there is a peacock in Mr. Yanagida’s yard.

And the place called “Can Factory” is narrated by the powder that was dear to me.

They become the blood of the dance.    


 17. (Rakan)

Bugs attach to Rakan with senile hand – Small Flower – String – Sea Shell – Scale


 18. (The Eyes)

Gaze deeply inside the head and eyes – Gaze deeply at the condition of the gazing deeply – If you observe from outside, it may seem to stop moving – to Gaze – to Fine Fine Stick


19. (Small Box of Joints)

Small box of joints – Hans Bellmer – Samurai Commander – Princess – Tiger       


20. (The Flower of the Whole)

The flower of the whole and the participation into the skin (*26) are homogenous.

The nightmare, in which everything is performed with drooping hands, is particular to the naked body.

       (*26) The participation into the skin: cf. Ch. 22 and 27                       



21. (Ripples)

Attacked from behind and inside, I picked a flower on the road.

Shivering, the ripples spread to the floor and to the sky.


22. (Heliogabalus)

In the picture of the abyss, the focus must be on the participation into the skin rather than the compound eyes. There is only one moment of Heliogabalus (*27).

Things that endure – It was the other face of dazzling moderation

              (*27) Heliogabalus: A Roman emperor; a symbol of “Mad King.” He is known for his extreme eccentricity, decadence and zealotry


23. Compound Eyes

1. Flower Gaze and a face wrapped by flower petals

2. Small flower inside eyeball

3. Breeding dust with eyelashes

4. A girl in the bush as a stuffed body

5. A girl and mad king in the bush and in the spider’s web

6. A girl and mad king in the bush inside eyes

[I am] waiting for an attack of the storm with the body that connects to these parts, like a puppy that felt the coming storm, or like a spoon or a firefly.

Thus, a Butoh Dancer must have the gaze that connects to those. This gaze is the eyeballs of the pink parakeet.

 24. (Shivering)

When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower

1. The extreme dirtiness of the enduring stuffed body

2. A waltz of cow and tree is shivering

3. When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower from behind

4. Shivering

5. Picking flower on the road – Walking Blind – Dog

6. Spoon – Old Woman

7. Shivering

8. Small flowers and small faces are hanging on the grid of a graph paper

9. Shivering

10. On the floor and in the sky, too


25. (Nightmare)

The nightmare is this naked body

1. Bugs, face of Michaux, face of a girl and face of horse, a woman with perm, face of fool, face of a person drawn by Bosch, hands that beg to be saved

2. A dog, a flower, a shadow, and a rhythmically jumping bug


26. Right in the middle of the strange development

1. Replace the love, which spirals into the hands, into the skull completely

2. A nerve became a stick, and a stick became a beggar. The beggar was waving a flag. It was a large bird.

3. When the neck stretched as a horse neck, the elastic of the finger stretched too. During the process, the point of view changed to eyes of point. It was exposed to the reduction and regeneration by X. At that time, the nails got jammed into the back, the whereabouts grew up astray, and through the new regeneration, a small mime was born.

4. The inside overflowed to the outside, and what overflowed returns to the harbor of mask. The mask sets sail toward the forest.

5. A wind of forehead, the forehead was bound. I ran through the leaf of hands and the path of plants and I finally became a stake man.

6. In the picture of abyss, in all phenomena’s 1 am, the peacock of Mr. Yanagida is completed.


27. The participation into the skin 

1. A small flower inside a small skull, extremely fine gaze, the nerve witnessed sticks outside the head, the gaze that is sorting the sticks by the forehead.

2. A walking blind with a small face is like a monkey. Lightning struck the head of monkey. A small flower blooms inside the head; a spinning thread song is heard.

3. The stretched out old woman will become a sheet of paper. The woman will ride on the paper like a moth.

4. A samurai commander becomes a queen; the queen will be put in a box of joints. The reincarnation from the box is the dancer, Hoopee.

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